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B.C. budget will benefit working people

February 20, 2018

VICTORIA—The NDP government’s ambitious plans for childcare and strengthening public services will help make life more affordable for working families, says Unifor.

“After 16 years lost to a B.C. Liberal government obsessed with the wealthy, today’s budget marks a new start for this province’s working people,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Premier John Horgan is keeping his promises to make life more affordable for British Columbians.”

Finance Minister Carol James introduced the NDP’s first budget since the 2017 election. It contained a much-anticipated roadmap for universal childcare, allocating $1 billion over three years, the largest childcare investment in B.C.’s history. The budget also makes significant investments in education and healthcare.

“Minimum wage increases, creating childcare spaces, eliminating bridge tolls, scrapping health care premiums, campaign finance reform, and electoral reform. The list of fresh priorities goes on,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “There is no other conclusion: this was a fantastic budget for working families.”

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).